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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

 

The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) is deeply concerned about the coronavirus outbreak and sincerely hope that you and your family and friends have not been negatively impacted. Your health, safety and well-being are our priority. We continue to monitor the situation and are here to provide support to our international student community. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about travel, enrollment, employment and campus resources.

 

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FALL 2020 SEVP GUIDANCE: TUESDAY, JULY 24 UPDATE

(updated 07/24/2020, 12:00 PM)

 

On July 24, 2020, the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) posted a Broadcast Message on the Immigration & Immigration & Customs Enforcement website to clarify certain aspects of applying the March 2020 SEVP guidance in the context of Fall 2020 term. In addition, SEVP posted Clarifying FAQs for Fall 2020

With these announcements, SEVP stated the following: 

  1. Continuing Students: Students holding an active SEVIS record, including those who are outside the United States, are eligible to enroll in a fully remote course load for the Fall quarter, maintain their F-1 status, and seek re-entry into the U.S. In addition, they will be permitted to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study in excess of the regulatory limits. 
  2. New Students: Admitted students, who are outside of the U.S., will likely not be able to obtain an F-1 visa or enter the United States to enroll in a U.S. school if they are taking a fully remote course load.

Nationwide, international students continue to report issues in obtaining visa appointments if they lack certain remarks on their Form I-20 or DS-2019 despite the rescinded guidance. To support our international students and facilitate their visa application and entry into the U.S., ISPO will continue to include remarks referencing UC San Diego’s hybrid model of instruction for the fall term on a student’s Form I-20 and DS-2019. In addition, ISPO, in close collaboration with the Registrar’s Office, crafted a Travel Support Letter accessible to students by logging on ISPO’s iPortal - online document request system.


Contacting ISPO

  • We at ISPO understand that everyone's immigration situation is unique, and that you may be concerned about how SEVP's changing guidance may impact your visa status in Fall 2020. We encourage you to review the FAQ pages below and if your question is not addressed, you may contact ISPO at icontact.ucsd.edu .

Newly Added FAQs

  • 7/14/20 - Edited FAQS to the Current and Former Students section. 

 

 


COVID-19 FAQS, UPDATES, AND RESOURCES


NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS FOR FALL 2020

A list of FAQs about impacts of COVID-19 on travel, enrollment, and employment for new students admitted for Fall 2020.

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CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENTS

A list of FAQs about impacts of COVID-19 on travel, enrollment, and employment for students who are currently enrolled, or are planning to return to, or have graduated from UC San Diego.

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TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS POLICY UPDATES

Policy updates on coronavirus-related restrictions on traveling to the U.S. and to other countries.

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Campus Resources


A list of on-campus resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and implementation of remote instruction.

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Stay Healthy Tips

Remember these simple tips to help stay well:

  • Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of illness.
  • Seek care immediately if you have recently traveled within the affected region and are experiencing these symptoms.
  • Always practice good hygiene:
    • Wash hands.
    • Cover mouth while coughing and sneezing (into the crook of your elbow rather than your hands is best).
    • Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose.
    • Avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
    • Get an annual flu shot.
    • Stay home if you are sick.

Do you have any health questions or concerns?